Wanneroo welcomes new citizens

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City of Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts welcomes new Australians at the biggest citizenship ceremony in the country on Australia Day. Picture: Anita McInnes

THE City of Wanneroo with a population of 200,000 has welcomed the 800 residents from 49 countries who became Australian citizens on Australia Day.

Mayor Tracey Roberts said the city expected its population to almost double by 2036.

“This makes the City of Wanneroo the largest growing city in Western Australia, expanding at a rate of 20 new residents each day,’’ she said.

“In fact, eight babies are born to city residents daily.’’

Cr Roberts said Australian citizenship represented commitment to Australia and its people, its shared values and its future.

“Being an Australian citizen brings many privileges including having an Australian passport, voting or standing for public office, working in the defence forces and being able to request assistance from Australian embassies when travelling overseas.

“It means that we are part of a country that celebrates freedom.

“It means we are a part of a country that values free speech.

“It means we are a part of a country that practises democracy.

“We are a nation of optimists with a “can do” attitude, and this positivity makes Australia a wonderful place to live and work.

“But despite our love of beaches, bush and barbeques – there is no doubt that we are a nation of doers.’’

She said City of Wanneroo residents were proud of their city and its heritage and of the pioneers whose hard work laid the foundation for what had become one of Australia’s fastest growing cities.

The city is 685sqkm and includes bushlands, wetlands, urban and rural areas as well as 32km of coastline.